Study: women are at risk around the world
British Medical Journal notes the dangers of vaginal bleeding in countries without adequate healthcare or sanitation
LONDON — It’s a topic few want to discuss, especially in places around the world where vaginal bleeding is seen as taboo, but women’s lives are being put at risk, according to a report published by the BMJ Global Health.
“In many societies, cultural taboos frequently hinder open discussion around vaginal bleeding, restricting information and early access to healthcare,” reads the report, which notes that bleeding can be related to health conditions such as post-partum bleeding, miscarriages, cancer or endometriosis.
Another issue is managing sanitation without clean water and facilities during menstruation, a problem that prevents many girls from going to school.
The solution isn’t easy. “A first step is breaking the silence around the topic of vaginal bleeding, from the global to the local level, so girls and women are able to seek out the healthcare and management required with confidence and support,” says the BMJ.
Christian Children’s’ Fund of Canada (CCFC) understands the importance of promoting healthcare through checkups and awareness campaigns. In India, we contributed to the opening of a sanitary napkin production facility (see ChildVoice, page 8), and thanks to generous donors, we’ve installed private toilets, so women have a safe more sanitary facility to go to the bathroom.
To learn more about CCFC’s work improving sanitation in communities around the world, visit ccfcanada.ca/social-impact-sectors-water.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.